Preferential attachment and patterns of immigration

Italian immigrants waiting to be checked by the Canadian immigration officers at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. []

Every Country in Europe has had its wave of emigrants at one time or another. Among the most famous are the Italian waves of 1860–1920 and 1945–1970. Argentina, the United States, and Canada were the favorite destinations, because of the better life they could offer, and the relatives and friends who had already moved there. These days, Italy is once again on a downturn, with educated and skilled people in their 30s being the new emigrants.

But where are they going to? Are they looking for jobs regardless of where other Italians are? Is Preferential Attachment playing a role in shaping their decisions?

This blog post looks in detail at old and new patterns of Italian immigration to Canada.